HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Friday was the first day student organizations could begin their month long work on massive snow statues for Winter Carnival. The theme for this year's carnival is prehistoric times.
"There's a whole process through Blue Key where they take applications, and then they help us decide what we’re going to do for the theme. After that everyone makes a different statue," said Eric Eschenburg, Statue Chair for Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Students use all of the natural snow that's fallen in the area to build their sculptures.
"First thing we do is get all these forms out here set, then we fill them full of snow and water. We work every night after classes until about midnight, so we're out here working up until Winter Carnival," added Eschenburg.
One fraternity even went above and beyond and started at the soonest moment they possibly could.
"We started last night at 12:01 a.m. and we were able to build 7 forms last night, and we got up early this morning and got 11 forms done. We're planning on doing hopefully three shifts a day all the way through this weekend," said John Frischmon, Statue Chair for Phi Kappa Tau
For the organizations that participate in building the sculptures, getting together and creating something great is a big source of pride.
"We're showing off what we can do to ourselves, but also to the university and our national fraternity, as well as putting out a great face for Hancock, and drawing people over to come across the bridge and see the other side," added Frischmon.
The statues will be judged Feb. 6, and then they're ready for public viewing at Winter Carnival.